In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, we report on how politics shapes the day-to-day realities faced by members of the gay community. Read about LGBT leaders like Brian Sims and Tammy Baldwin, and their work to advance the LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn about legislation related to same-sex marriage, adoption, and other issues in gay politics that will impact the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Illinois joins California, New Jersey, Oregon, and D.C. in banning use of the discredited, harmful practice on minors.

August 20 2015 7:04 PM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opposes gay rights, but has hired prominent gay lawyer Pete Schulte to help him fight securities fraud charges.

August 20 2015 5:06 PM

The protester who interrupted President Obama in June was part of a long history of direct action in the LGBT movement.

August 19 2015 5:30 AM

The legislation, aimed at countering the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage, is called the First Amendment Defense Act.

August 18 2015 3:33 PM

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will be the first transgender appointee to work in the White House.

August 18 2015 8:16 AM Updated

It was the albatross that haunted DADT's repeal: that allowing gay and lesbians to serve openly would be a 'social experiment.' Now Mike Huckabee is using that same false premise against transgender service members.

August 18 2015 4:30 AM